HHI to Build up to Eight Gas Carriers for Vitol

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won a contract to build up to eight very large gas carriers (VLGCs) for the oil trading company Vitol, according to Reuters.Under the deal, the shipbuilder will construct two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers with a capacity of 84,000 cbm each. Vitol has the option to order six more vessels of the same type, data provided by VesselsValue shows.Signed in late July, the contract has a value of around USD 544 million when all options are included. The company is reportedly paying a sum of USD 68 million per vessel.To be built in Ulsan, the new LPG tankers are scheduled to be delivered to their owner in the first half of 2019.The new vessels will be designed to consume less fuel and be eco-friendly to meet the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap set to come into effect 2020, local media cited HHI.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Nakilats Growth Continues

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Nakilat Qatar-based LNG shipping company Nakilat wrapped up the first nine months of 2018 with a profit increase of 8.5%. The company concluded its financial results for the nine-month period ended September 30 with a net profit of QAR 659 million (around USD 181 million) compared to QAR 607 million (USD 167 million) seen in the same period last year.As explained, Nakilat’s stronger performance is a result of the company’s successful expansion, which is attributed to its strategic long-term plan to diversify and seek business opportunities with minimal risk, as well as through effective cost optimization initiatives across its integrated operations.This has been achieved through the acquisition of two additional jointly-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and a major stake in the first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).Nakilat joint venture companies have also performed well, supported by the encouraging demand for ship repair and retrofits and offshore fabrication at the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard in the last quarter, according to the company.“Nakilat’s improved financial performance bears testament to the company’s ongoing emphasis on enhancing efficiency, increasing productivity and pursuing growth strategies, without compromising safety and quality across all our integrated operations,” Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, Nakilat Chief Executive Officer (CEO), commented.Al-Sulaiti added that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to diversify its business and expand its portfolio, with the aim to widen international outreach and secure its position in the dynamic and competitive LNG market. “Nakilat will continue to play our significant role in steering our efforts toward enhancing capability and resiliency to strengthen the country’s shipping and maritime industry,” Al-Sulaiti concluded.last_img read more

Opening Weekend for Provincial Parks

first_img “These improvements will increase the comfort and safety of our visitors so everyone can enjoy a camping experience that is inclusive and accessible to all,” said Mr. Rankin. “We will continue making investments so our parks, beaches and campgrounds are more accessible to Nova Scotians. I encourage everyone to visit a park this season and create lasting memories with friends and family.” Alcohol and cannabis will not be permitted at camping parks from opening day until Tuesday, July 2. After this time, alcohol and smoking, including cannabis, are permitted on rented campsites only. Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use are not permitted in day-use parks. Provincial parks will begin opening Friday, May 17, for a season filled with camping, hiking, swimming and exploring nature. Several camping and day-use parks will be open in time for the Victoria Day weekend and the rest will open in early June. Visitors can check the provincial parks website for opening dates and a list of events happening at each location. Reservations for camping sites can be made by calling 1-888-544-3434 or going online to the parks website, http://parks.novascotia.ca . Provincial campgrounds continue to grow in popularity. The 2018 season saw 82,422 camper nights booked, an increase of five per cent over the previous year. Bookings have gone up about 30 per cent since 2014. Government is making more than $1 million in upgrades to park system facilities. Several infrastructure projects were completed or are in progress this year: new water and electrical services at Battery Provincial Park improvements to comfort stations and water services at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park improvements to beach access at Blomidon Provincial Park site improvements to Lawrencetown Beach installation of accessible vault toilet at Rainbow Haven Beach a gender-neutral comfort station and washroom facilities with accessible sinks, toilets and showers are among recent upgrades to Valleyview Provincial Park in Bridgetown that will improve accessibilitylast_img read more

Sajid wont narrate us Kick 2 unless he has blockbuster script Jacqueline

first_imgMumbai: Jacqueline Fernandez says filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala is consistently working on the script of “Kick 2” and would only reveal the details to her or co-star Salman Khan until it is good enough to become a blockbuster. Sajid had announced a sequel to his hit 2014 action-comedy which is bringing back the pairing of Salman and Jacqueline. Asked for an update on the project, Jacqueline told reporters, “He (Sajid) is working on the script consistently for some time now. Knowing him, he is a perfectionist, he won’t come to us without a perfect blockbuster script. We are giving him all the time and space for that.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The actor was speaking at a Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau event on Monday. Jacqueline is now all set to make foray into the digital space with Netflix thriller “Mrs Serial Killer”. The film will be directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. The actor said web will be a “completely new and interesting space” for her. “It’s a digital platform, which I’m not used to. I’m used to theatrical, cinema halls and Fridays. What’s cool about this is that it seems to be the future and an emerging platform for films. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “It doesn’t change anything about what we do. We still go out there as actors, we are still making a film and pretty much working with the same people.” Jacqueline said the digital platform provides a massive reach and enables the discovery of new talent and content. The film chronicles the story of a doting wife who, when her husband is framed and imprisoned for serial murders, must perform a murder exactly like the serial killer, to prove her husband innocent. Asked what preparations she will undergo for the role, the actor said, “I have to definitely work on becoming a much stronger person – mentally and physically.”last_img read more

SNCled group wins Ontario Crosslinx lightrail contract in deal that may be

MONTREAL — A consortium that includes SNC-Lavalin has been selected by the Ontario government as the preferred bidder for Toronto’s multibillion-dollar Eglinton light rail transit contract, sources say.The Crosslinx Transit Solution group is a mix of Canadian and international partners, including SNC, Aecon, EllisDon, Stantec, ACS Infrastructure Canada, Dragrados and IBI Group.It beat Crosstown Transit Partners, which included Fengate Capital Management, OHL Concesiones, STRABAG, Bechtel Development Co. and Obayashi Canada Holdings.The contract, said to be worth up to $4 billion, is the embattled Montreal-based engineering and construction company’s second large win in a week. The federal government has selected a different SNC-Lavalin partnership to build the new Champlain bridge in Montreal for more than $3 billion.SNC has declined to comment on either contract.SNC-Lavalin board goes into full combat mode after RCMP lays bribery and fraud chargesInside the ‘clandestine world’ of SNC-Lavalin’s fallen star Riadh Ben AissaA spokesman for Infrastructure Ontario said the winning bidder will be announced this summer along with details about the cost and schedule. Ontario is investing $5.3 billion overall in the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the single-largest transit project in the province’ss history.The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is part of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan designed to reduce congestion.It is a 19-kilometre light rail line with up to 25 stations that will run along Eglinton Avenue, with about half the distance running underground. It will link to bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines.The project is expected to open in late 2020.Funding for the project will be provided by the Ontario government and administered by Metrolinx.The winning bidders will maintain the system over 30 years and finance the project.RBC Capital Markets analyst Sara O’Brien said the contract is worth between $3 billion and $4 billion for the consortium.“If confirmed, we would view this Eglinton win as positive, given size and impact to SNC Infrastructure segment and reputation, following SNC consortium win last week of Champlain bridge,” she wrote in a report.The two large government contracts are being awarded even though SNC-Lavalin has been grappling with a number of events that have spawned criminal and civil allegations against certain former SNC executives. Most of the cases are still before the courts.SNC has said it will plead not guilty to fraud and corruption charges filed against the company in February by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.The Canadian Press read more

New report says Tories immigration policy too focused on shortterm gains

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 4, 2012 5:20 pm MDT New report says Tories’ immigration policy too focused on short-term gains OTTAWA – A new analysis of the sweeping changes made by the Conservatives to Canada’s immigration system suggests too much emphasis is being placed on short-term gains.The long-term needs of Canada are being ignored in favour of an immediate economic focus, says the study by the Maytree Foundation, a private Toronto-based think tank.The study identifies six dozen changes made to immigration policy since 2008, from the creation of entirely new programs to tougher standards for citizenship.While some of the changes are positive, the overall approach to them is problematic, the study suggests.“The future of Canada may be negatively affected by the recent emphasis on short-term labour market needs, the lack of evidence-based policies, a retreat from traditional democratic processes, and a less welcoming environment for immigrants and refugees,” says the report, written by two former federal and provincial bureaucrats who now work in the private and academic sectors.Since 2008, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has set out to change a system that he’s described as broken and unresponsive to both Canada’s needs and its place on the world stage.He’s eliminated massive backlogs in skilled worker applications, given provinces more room to cherry-pick immigrants, overhauled the refugee system, created new programs to make it easier for some types of immigrants to remain in Canada and scrapped old ones that essentially amounted to people being able to buy their way in.In a recent speech, he said the overall goal is to make sure immigration works for Canada’s economy and that immigrants have greater opportunities upon arrival.“We must make sensible changes to our immigration program designed to attract those people who are the most likely to succeed and integrate, making good incomes for their families, finding good jobs, starting successful businesses so they can realize their potential and achieve their dreams in this land of opportunity like generations before them,” Kenney said last month.“That’s what all of these immigration reforms are designed to do, in addition to strengthening the integrity of our system.”But the report’s authors question the capability of the government to reach those goals, suggesting that the reforms are too piecemeal.“Many of the changes that have been implemented or proposed since 2008 relate to individual immigration streams, classes and programs,” the report says.“There has not been a concerted attempt to look at the interaction among them and the bigger picture.”For example, the report cites pending changes to sponsorship rules around parents and grandparents.The changes appear to be based on the belief that they are a drain on the system, the report said, but that’s not necessarily the case.Further, they don’t take into account the possibility that economic-class immigrants won’t want to come to Canada if they can’t bring their families.To match the massive changes, the report makes over 50 recommendations, calling on the government to gather and use more reliable data about existing programs.The report also suggests the government look to recently arrived immigrants and refugees to fill labour gaps, rather than allowing employers to recruit from abroad.The report comes as the government prepares to release its target for immigration levels next year.The number has consistently hovered around 250,000, though there have been demands to increase those numbers, primarily to fill empty jobs.The report found that compared to 2001, economic immigrants are taking up more spaces than refugees or family class applicants and suggests that’s problematic.“The size of the pie remains constant despite projections of demographers and economists who argue for significant increases in permanent immigration to Canada to respond to population decline, labour and skill shortages as a result of our aging population and low fertility rates — a literal need for nation building,” the report said.Kenney has been carrying out consultations on the levels in recent weeks.But while the report’s authors applaud him for travelling across the country to speak to stakeholders, that consultation hasn’t been meaningful, they say.“The changes have been realized through a tightly controlled political process without allowing for real engagement and discourse,” the report says.“Consultations which have taken place have generally been by invitation only, on individual issues, or consisting of online questionnaires.”Kenney has found himself forced to make quick changes to some implemented and proposed policies in recent months after public outcry exposed potential pitfalls with amendments.Among them was a change to make sure government-resettled refugees wouldn’t lose access to health care under a new benefits system.Another was changes to detention provisions for refugee claimants who come to Canada as part of a large group.Both times, he said it was proof that the current system of review works.But the report suggests that the government is building policy without evidence to support it which in turn creates an inconsistent approach.For example, there’s been an increase in enforcement in areas such as deportations, citizenship fraud, bogus immigration consultants and those who arrive with the aid of smugglers, the report says.But vulnerable live-in caregivers, low-skilled temporary foreign workers and seasonal agricultural workers remain exposed.The public wants to know the system is fair and will be more supportive of immigration if they feel enforcement measures are working, the report said.“However, it is risky to contextualize immigration within a law and order agenda, to implement enforcement measures in a way that may be perceived to be uneven and unfair, and to label people as ‘queue jumpers,’ ‘bogus refugees,’ and ‘marriage fraudsters,’ the report said.“The overemphasis on certain types of enforcement and the mixed and negative messaging may ultimately reduce support for immigration among Canadians.” read more

No evidence death penalty deters any crime senior UN official tells Rights

“We can do better. We need not kill immigrants, minorities, the poor and those with disabilities to show that we are committed to fight crime,” Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said in his opening remarks to the UN Human Rights Council on the third day and final day of meetings. The Council kicked off its three-day High-Level Segment on Monday. This is the 47-member body’s 28th session. At this afternoon’s meeting on regional efforts aiming at the abolition of the death penalty and challenges faced, Mr. Šimonović underscored the need for a unified approach to the global abolition of what he called an “inhuman and outdated punishment.” “Several countries continue to use the death penalty for drug-related crimes, with the argument that this harsh punishment is needed for deterrence purposes. However, there is no evidence that the death penalty deters any crime,” he emphasized in his remarks. The Americas were the first to abolish the death penalty in Venezuela in 1867. Following that, many other countries in the region abolished the death penalty leading to the 1990 adoption of the Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights. In Africa, many States have taken an abolitionist stance. Meanwhile, in the past sixteen years, no death sentence has been carried out in any of the 47 member States of the European Union. And in the Middle East and Asia, national human rights institutions and civil society are moving the abolitionist movement forward. As it stands now, some 160 countries have either fully abolished the death penalty or do not practise it. In the last six months, the death penalty was abolished in Chad, Fiji, and Madagascar. However, despite these strides some countries are seeing a move towards the preservation and even reintroduction of the death penalty, said Mr. Šimonović, pointing out that in 2013, there were more executing States and more victims of execution than in 2012. “Some States justify the death penalty on the grounds that it is demanded by a large majority of the population, or that without it, it is impossible to fight drug trafficking or terrorism,” he added. While the need to tackle drug-related offences has to be acknowledged, the focus of crime prevention should be on strengthening the justice systems and making it more effective. And while public opinion cannot be ignored, a country concerned with human rights should not merely accept opinion polls as a reason for retaining the death penalty. “Indeed, there is clear evidence of mistakes, abuses and discrimination. It has been empirically proved that the more the population is informed on facts, the less it supports the death penalty.”In recognition of the crucial role that regional organisations play in promoting the abolition of the death penalty, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) plans to hold several regional seminars on moving away from the death penalty this year. “We hope to gather State officials, lawmakers, practitioners and civil society to discuss at the regional level the challenges aced in moved away from the death penalty and ways to overcome them,” Mr. Šimonović said. read more

IHF launches IHF Beach Handball Trophy

← Previous Story Danish girls win U19 EURO 2015! Next Story → FRENCH HANDBALL ERA: How to stop them? Tunisia was the host of the first ever course of the IHF TROPHY for BEACH HANDBALL project of the International Handball Federation in the last four days of July. The IHF Beach Handball Expert and coach of the Qatari men’s national team Mr. Khaled Hassan (EGY) was in charge of the course and over three days with the participants he discussed different aspects of beach handball including the philosophy of the discipline, offensive and defensive tactics as well as the rules of the game in general.The IHF Trophy for Beach Handball is the latest project of the International Handball Federation and it will take place in three different phases. In the first phase, each participant federation will receive beach handball materials necessary to construct a court as well as beach handballs, and organize a course on which an IHF expert will have the possibility to establish the basis for the future beach handball development in the country. The second phase involves staging of national championships as well as camps for the national teams which will also be supervised by an IHF Expert in order to ensure the quality work in each of the member federations. The last phase will be an international competition modelled on the already existing IHF Trophy in indoor handball.The IHF TROPHY for BEACH HANDBALL in the beginning will be concentrated in three areas that have the natural possibilities and infrastructure for beach handball development (Oceania, the Caribbean and Africa) with a possibility to be further expanded on different Continents and national federations.source: IHF.info Beach handball read more

Opinion Australian gagging order has major implications for press freedom

first_imgLAST WEEK A new set of revelations from Wikileaks was unveiled. The leak concerned the existence of a “superinjunction”, a form of court order made famous by its use in Britain to restrict press coverage of certain legal cases. The injunction not only restricts news outlets from reporting the details of the case, it restricts the press from reporting on the existence of the injunction itself, hence “superinjunction”.In the Australian case, the injunction covers a legal case involving corruption among politicians in several east Asian nations. Some of these politicians allegedly are now heads of their respective countries’ governments. The injunction, which was issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria, makes it an offence to report on the case, the people involved or the existence of the injunction. It cites “national security” and the “damage to Australia’s international relations” as its justification.Like many superinjunctions, it has backfiredAccording to a lawyer for the Australian government, Australian citizens who tweet any links to the leaked injunction could be legally culpable, along with any Australian news outlets which report on it or the case, or the politicians involved. The injunction does not apply to non-Australian news outlets and individuals, so inevitably the leaked injunction has gone viral is being reported on by a wide variety of news outlets. Like all superinjunctions, it has backfired and actually drawn attention to a case which might otherwise have slipped beneath the radar of the internet and society at large.It was the Australian government which requested the superinjunction, citing the national security concerns; this kind of court order represents a frightening extension of government power, into the realm of free speech and freedom of the press. Bad enough that the order sought to muzzle the media, but the thought that the Australian government might prosecute its own citizens for attempting to draw attention to information it is trying to hide is horrifying. When government seeks to make the truth a crime, it seeks to silence all of its citizens forever.‘National security’What makes all of this so Orwellian are the undefined “national security” issues that are being used to justify the order. National security used to be used in the context of an immediate risk of direct attack against a nation. Now it seems to have mushroomed to cover everything up to the immediate risk of embarrassment to the nation or its allies. It has become a magic spell, useful to make problems and awkward questions disappear. Unlike Harry Potter, the government is unlikely to use this to any good end. Governments inevitably use and exploit any power they are given to its maximum extent.In the case of superinjunctions, the possibilities are endless. Reporter trys to cover a modern day Watergate scandal? National security and superinjunction. Blogger uncovers evidence of secret prisons and government sponsored torture? Lock her up for even mentioning she is not allowed to talk about it. Private individual retweets a link to a leaked report on expense scandals? Straight to jail, do not pass go, do not even mention freedom of speech.The road away from democracyThis is all simply a logical extension of the argument that government can forbid people from even talking about not being able to talk about something if the term “national security” is invoked. If embarrassment to the state is sufficient grounds to censor the media and private citizens so totally, then concepts like freedom of speech and freedom of the press lose any meaning.The media is not known as the fourth estate for nothing. Both new and old media are meant to act as checks upon the state, bringing its activities under the spotlight and keeping the public informed about their government’s activities. Curtailing them through superinjunctions and other suppressions of free speech is a very large step on the road away from democracy.In the absence of a free press, it falls to each individual citizen to hold the state to account, but the Australian superinjunction and other government court orders bring even a single individual repeating something as mundane as a website link into the firing line. For the simple crime of reposting someone else’s content, an Australian citizen can notionally be arrested as a threat to their country’s national security.If a regular individual can be arrested for sending a single Tweet, in what other imaginative ways could superinjunctions restrictions be used?This sets a precedent for all common law countries Ireland and Australia both use the common law system as the basis for their laws and legal systems. If superinjunctions of this scope can be introduced in Australia, it sets a precedent for other countries using common law.It is the responsibility of every citizen to stay vigilant against the introduction of such rulings in Ireland. We are rightly proud of our traditions of a free press and freedom of expression, and we remember with horror all attempts to interfere with either. We must protect them from the growing incursions of government under the cover of “national security”. We should resist all attempts to introduce these practices in Ireland. Freedom must be protected against all restrictions, “super” or otherwise.Niall McGlynn is a graduate in history and science from Trinity College Dublin. He has written articles on Irish and global affairs for Trinity News, and blogs on both with his brothers at http://lazyhermes.blogspot.ie/ and tweets at @NiallMcGlynn1.Read: Here’s Wikileaks’ latest revelation – about an “unprecedented” gagging orderlast_img read more

Who won Here are the 2017 Academy Awards winners

first_img IN A CONCLUSION that nobody saw coming, Moonlight was named Best Picture at last night’s Academy Awards – but only after La La Land was mistakenly given the Oscar.An envelope mix-up saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announce La La Land as the night’s big winner. After a few moments on stage, producers informed the La La Land team that they had not in fact won and the award was eventually handed to the team behind Moonlight.Not only was it was a thrilling, confusing finale, but it was a giant upset – La La Land was widely favoured to take Best Picture, having started the night with a record-tying 14 nominations.The musical wound up winning six Oscars, including two for Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role.Moonlight, a coming-of-age drama about a gay man in Miami won three awards overall, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.Manchester By The Sea was one of the night’s other main winners with Casey Affleck picking up Best Actor and writer-director Kenneth Lonergan nabbing Best Original Screenplay.The night’s other big winner was Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.Unfortunately, there was no joy for the Irish with Ruth Negga losing out to Emma Stone in Best Actress and Consolata Boyle’s work on Florence Foster Jenkins missing out on Best Costume Design to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.Here’s the full list of winners. Feb 27th 2017, 5:59 AM Best PictureArrivalFencesHacksaw RidgeHell Or High WaterHidden FiguresLa La Land LionManchester by the SeaWINNER: MoonlightBest Actor in a Leading RoleWINNER: Casey Affleck – Manchester By The SeaAndrew Garfield – Hacksaw RidgeRyan Gosling – La La LandViggo Mortensen – Captain FantasticDenzel Washington – FencesBest Actress in a Leading RoleIsabelle Huppert – ElleRuth Negga – LovingNatalie Portman – JackieWINNER: Emma Stone – La La LandMeryl Streep – Florence Foster JenkinsBest DirectorDenis Villeneuve – ArrivalMel Gibson – Hacksaw RidgeWINNER: Damien Chazelle – La La LandKenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the SeaBarry Jenkins – MoonlightBest Supporting ActorWINNER: Mahershala Ali – MoonlightJeff Bridges – Hell Or High WaterLucas Hedges – Manchester By The SeaDev Patel – LionMichael Shannon – Nocturnal AnimalsBest Supporting ActressWINNER: Viola Davis – FencesNaomie Harris – MoonlightNicole Kidman – LionOctavia Spencer – Hidden FiguresMichelle Williams – Manchester by the SeaBest Original ScreenplayHell or High WaterLa La LandThe LobsterWINNER: Manchester by the Sea20th Century WomenBest Adapted ScreenplayArrivalFencesHidden FiguresLionWINNER: MoonlightBest Documentary FeatureFire At SeaI Am Not Your NegroLife AnimatedWINNER: OJ: Made in America13thBest Animated FeatureKubo and the Two StringsMoanaMy Life As a ZucchiniThe Red TurtleWINNER: ZootopiaBest Foreign Language FilmLand of Mine – DenmarkA Man Called Ove – SwedenWINNER: The Salesman – IranTanna – AustraliaToni Erdmann – GermanyBest Original ScoreJackieWINNER: La La LandLionMoonlightPassengersBest Original SongAudition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La LandCan’t Stop The Feeling – TrollsWINNER: City of Stars – La La LandThe Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley StoryHow Far I’ll Go – MoanaBest CinematographyArrivalWINNER: La La LandLionMoonlightSilenceBest Film EditingArrivalWINNER: Hacksaw RidgeHell or High WaterLa La LandMoonlightBest Costume DesignAlliedWINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFlorence Foster JenkinsJackieLa La LandBest Production DesignArrivalFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemHail, Caesar!WINNER: La La LandPassengersBest Makeup and HairstylingA Man Called OveStar Trek BeyondWINNER: Suicide SquadFind the rest of the winners here.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Image: Chris Pizzello Image: Chris Pizzello Monday 27 Feb 2017, 5:59 AM 30,914 Views Share Tweet Email 14 Comments Short URL http://dailyedge.ie/3260712 Who won? Here are the 2017 Academy Awards winners Moonlight won Best Picture after a dramatic on-stage mix-up. Add us: dailyedge By Amy O’Connor Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cyber Monday 2018 Get a Years Worth of Hulu for Only 99

first_img Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on target Hulu is making #bingewatchinggoals happen with its hot Cyber Monday deal: you can access an annual Hulu streaming membership for only 99 cents per month.This might be the best holiday present from Hulu, which typically offers subscriptions that cost between $7.99 and $11.99 per month. $7.99 is the basic plan that includes “limited commercials,” while the $11.99 per month gives you “ad-free” binge-watching experiences.Unlike the subscription rates above, Hulu’s Cyber Monday subscription rate is significantly cheaper. You’ll get the same features as the $7.99 plan for a fraction of the price. With the subscription, you can watch digital content on your favorite devices and have unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library.Once your 12-month period is up, you’ll be charged for the $7.99 basic Hulu plan. The one downside though is that you’ll still have some commercials when you watch shows on Hulu, but you can always upgrade to the $11.99 plan if you want uninterrupted streaming sessions.Offer extendedL If you would like to buy a Hulu subscription, make sure to do so ASAP: this deal expires at 10:00 a.m. PST today, November 27.More on Geek.com:Cyber Monday 2018: Best Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home ItemsCyber Monday 2018: Amazon’s Best Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home DealsCyber Monday 2018: Walmart’s Best Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home Dealslast_img read more

Port of San Diego celebrates Maritime Month

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:43 PM May 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Port of San Diego celebrates Maritime Monthcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The month of May is “Maritime Month” here in San Diego. It is designed to allow people to take the time to learn about the four maritime sectors that are very important to our County’s success. Port of San Diego Chairman, Rafael Castellanos was in studio to tell us more about it.San Diego’s interdependent relationship to the water and the world is made possible through a vast network of ships and people working to keep our region strong – and at the heart of it all is maritime. The import and export of cargo is the economic engine that fuels billions of dollars in regional impact. The cruise ships home-ported in our bay bring joy to visitors and prosperity to our waterfront. The largest shipbuilding and repair workforce on the west coast is the pride of generations of workers. And the commercial and sport fishing communities bring locally-sourced fresh seafood to our homes, along with jobs and economic prosperity to our lives. Posted: May 7, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Firefighters aid woman who fell off of horse

first_imgEleven firefighters worked to find and help a woman who was injured after falling from her horse near La Center on Sunday afternoon.The rescue happened about 2 p.m., said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy.The woman was riding in the 29300 block of Northeast Timmen Road, and was in woods along the East Fork of the Lewis River.Her injuries made it impossible for her to get back on her horse, Dawdy said.It took firefighters about an hour to find the woman and another hour to get her to an ambulance, Dawdy said. She was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.Dawdy did not release her name, citing privacy laws. He said he was not sure of the woman’s age.“Our firefighters have been intensely training during the spring to respond to remote rescue calls like this,” Dawdy said.last_img read more

Nuclear weapons necessary to save humans from extinction says top researcher

first_imgRepresentational imagePixabayPossession of nuclear weapons has always escalated tensions between world powers since the day the United States nuked Japan to end World War II. Later, during the time of cold war, nuclear weapons again worsened world peace, and recently, Korean peninsula also witnessed escalating tensions due to Pyongyang’s possession of nuclear arms. However, a top expert believes that the same nuclear weapons may one day save humans from the verge of extinction.In a recent essay written on the Conversation, James A Green, a professor of public international law at the University of Reading, claimed that these weapons of mass destruction could save humans from doomsday asteroid hits that may happen in the future.In his essay, Green revealed that the only problem to nuke asteroids is the existing law between world powers. As per current International laws, it is prohibited to use nuclear weapons in the space. However, Green believes that using nuclear weapons may become necessary at times when rogue space bodies pose a real threat to living beings on the earth.”If it came to a choice between legal niceties and saving humanity from extinction, there wouldn’t be much of a choice at all: law shouldn’t be a global suicide pact. Indeed, one nuclear power, Russia, has already indicated that – if that asteroid appeared – it likely would opt for “launch first, litigate second”,” wrote Green.Green also urged International diplomats and ruling bodies to formulate a new law that allows using nuclear weapons if rogue space bodies like asteroids and meteors pose a threat to the existence of human civilization.However, several experts believe that nuking an asteroid will not be a great idea as it will bring more chaos to the planet. As per these critics, nuking an asteroid will result in a debris rain loaded with radioactive fragments. They also believe that due to this thick debris shield, sunlight will not reach the earth sufficiently, and the final result will be a mass extinction event.last_img read more

Meet Melissa Fleming the newly appointed UN communications head

first_imgMelissa Fleming was appointed as the next Under-Secretary General for Global Communications.melissarfleming/TwitterUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Melissa Fleming of the United States as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. She succeeds Alison Smale of the United Kingdom. Fleming brings to the position over 25 years of strategic vision, innovative management and communications expertise in multilateral organizations spanning the fields of human rights, humanitarian action, conflict prevention, peace-building, free media and nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security, the UN said in a press statement.Since 2009, she has held the post of Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.While at UNHCR, Fleming led global media outreach campaigns, social media engagement and a multimedia news service serving audiences ranging from media, public, donors, governments and refugees themselves.She joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of the Media and Outreach. Prior to IAEA, she headed the Press and Public Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Earlier still, she served as Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, having started her career as a journalist. From 2016 to 2017, she also served as Senior Advisor and Spokesperson on the incoming United Nations Secretary General’s Transition Team.Fleming holds a Master of Science in Journalism from the College of Communication, Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Oberlin College.last_img read more

Elekta Unity HighField MRLinac Receives CE Mark

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more June 18, 2018 — Elekta announced that its Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system has received CE mark, clearing the technology for commercial sales and clinical use in Europe.According to Elekta, Unity has the potential to transform how clinicians treat cancer by enabling the delivery of the radiation dose while simultaneously visualizing the tumor and surrounding healthy tissue with high-quality MR images. Unity also integrates advanced tools that allow clinicians to adapt the patient’s treatment to this current anatomical information.”Unity is a tremendous innovation in patient care, one that enables a scan-plan-treat approach to developing tailored regimens that should yield substantive clinical benefits,” said Bas Raaymakers, Ph.D., professor of experimental clinical physics in the Department of Radiotherapy at University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, The Netherlands. UMC Utrecht is a founding member of the Elekta MR-linac Consortium and the inventor of the high-field MR-linac concept. Raaymakers added, “I am thrilled that our vision of personalized radiation therapy is becoming a clinical reality.”Unity employs a premium high-field, diagnostic-quality (1.5 Tesla) MRI that provides unparalleled image clarity, according to Elekta. This gives clinicians greater flexibility in their approach to radiation therapy and ensures that each patient receives optimal care based on individual tumor characteristics. Unity integrates MRI, linear accelerator technologies and advanced treatment planning into a single platform, allowing clinicians to see and track difficult-to-visualize soft tissue anatomies while radiation dose is being delivered. This new technology addresses an unmet need in cancer therapy, enabling clinicians to confidently see and track the target during treatment and respond accordingly, personalizing therapy for each patient every time they are treated.Elekta Unity has CE mark but is not available for commercial distribution or sale in the U.S.For more information: www.elekta.comRelated Radiation Therapy ContentTechnological Improvements in Radiation TherapyUniversity Medical Centre Utrecht Treats First Cancer Patient With Elekta Unity MR-Guided Linear AccleratorMRI-guided Radiation TherapyVIDEO: The Future of Radiation Oncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 18, 2018 Elekta Unity High-Field MR-Linac Receives CE Mark New MRI-guided, linear accelerator-based radiation therapy system will now be implemented clinically in Europe News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read morelast_img read more

Man fakes airport hijacking to avoid holidays with girlfriend

first_img Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Share Posted by MUMBAI — Sometimes, he’s just not that into you.This was an especially brutal lesson learned by one woman in India, whose online boyfriend pulled off an elaborate scheme just to get out of going on holiday with her.According to KarryOn, a 32-year-old married father was being pressured by his girlfriend to take the relationship to the next level. She suggested taking a holiday together, one that he couldn’t afford. But instead of telling her the truth about his finances, he created fake plane tickets from Chennai to Mumbai.But that’s not even the worst part: he then set up a fake email address from which he sent a hoax email to authorities. In the email, he pretended to be a woman who claimed to have overhead a group of men discussing plans to hijack planes in cities that include – you guessed it – Chennai and Mumbai.His logic (if you can call it that) was that if the flight was cancelled due to a possible terror threat, he wouldn’t be blamed for ruining his girlfriend’s holiday plans. What he didn’t anticipate, however, were police officers tracing his email’s IP address back to the Internet café where he used to send the hoax email.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaBusted.The man now faces up to five years in prison and a $150 fine, not to mention a particularly nasty breakup with his girlfriend. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Man fakes airport hijacking to avoid holidays with girlfriendlast_img read more

Police break up USItaly drug ring run out of NYC pizzeria

first_imgThe Cucino a Modo Mio (I Cook It My Way) restaurant was a popular local haunt with a secret weapons cache, officials say. Inside a safe, investigators found six pistols, a rifle, ammunition, brass knuckles, other weapons and $100,000 in bills.The operation points to what investigators say is an increasingly deep-rooted U.S. stronghold for the ‘ndrangheta, the southern Italian crime syndicate that has taken advantage of the Sicilian Mafia’s disarray and is consolidating ties with New York’s traditional Cosa Nostra crime clans.At least 13 people were arrested in pre-dawn raids in Calabria, the region in southern Italy that is the power base of the ‘ndrangheta, which authorities say is focused on consolidating its influence and operations in the United States. They were held on investigation of suspicion of drug trafficking, Italian prosecutors said.Three Calabrians, identified by Italian and U.S. authorities as Gregorio Gigliotti, his wife, Eleanora, and son Angelo, were arrested in New York two months ago. All were members of the family that ran the pizzeria in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, authorities said.Angelo Gigliotti’s lawyer, Gerald McMahon, said the case against his client is weak. His client pleaded innocent following his arrest on March 11 and is being held without bail. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk There was no immediate response to messages left Thursday for the lawyers of the two other defendants in New York.Cucino a Modo Mio was the command center for an international trafficking operation, said Andrea Grassi, who is in charge of the Rome-unit of a Italian state police special operations division known as SCO. Italian authorities said they seized 56 kilograms (123 pounds) cocaine in the Netherlands and Spain in an investigation earlier in 2014 that was a run-up to this probe.“In the evening, the family ran a good pizzeria,” Grassi said. “In other hours they were running” the drug trade.The cocaine, in small packets, was hidden in boxes of shipments of yucca, and loaded onto cargo ships setting sail from Costa Rica, Italian police said. The Italian investigators estimated the seized cocaine had a wholesale value of a half-million dollars (550,000 euros) and would have yielded at least 10 times that when sold on the streets,The probe is continuing, and investigators said they couldn’t say now how much money the ring made off the cocaine business.Police said operatives bought the cocaine in Costa Rica with cash sent in specially constructed suitcases. The cocaine was warehoused in Wilmington, Delaware, and Chester, Pennsylvania, until it could be shipped, using a produce company as a cover, to northern Europe and Italy, investigators said. Comments   Share   Some 60 kilos (132 pounds) of cocaine were seized in those two U.S. cities’ ports in late 2014, Italian prosecutors said.The ‘ndrangheta has long been known to keep operatives in Australia and Canada. But this probe, code-named Operation Columbus, convinced investigators that the syndicate has increasingly moved its bosses and foot soldiers to the United States, said Renato Cortese, the SCO police director.“Because of its blood ties, the ‘ndrangheta is a terrible organization,” Cortese said. He was referring to the syndicate’s ironclad rule of relying on members who have either family or marriage ties. Family pressures discourage turncoats, a small army of whom helped weaken Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, which largely chose its mobsters based on skills and not blood ties.Longtime Calabria-based anti-Mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said the ‘ndrangheta has for some time been beefing up its presence in the United States: “In New York, right under the Brooklyn Bridge.”___Tom Hays contributed from New York.___Follow Frances D’Emilio at www.twitter.com/fdemilioCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice ROME (AP) — By night, the Calabrian immigrant family served up piping-hot pizza. After hours, Italian and U.S. authorities say, the restaurant in the New York borough of Queens was busy filling other orders — allegedly running a cocaine trafficking ring that spanned three continents.The ring’s modus operandi involved suitcases of cash sent by courier to Costa Rica and drug shipments through Pennsylvania and Delaware destined for Spain, Holland and Italy, according to a joint FBI and Italian probe made public at a news conference Thursday in Rome at the headquarters of Italy’s national anti-Mafia prosecutor. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Police officers stand outside a suspect’s house during an operation conducted with U.S. FBI agents, in Sinopoli, southern Italy, early Thursday morning, May 7, 2015. Italian police said that in operations conducted with U.S. FBI agents they have dismantled a major drug trafficking ring whose base was a restaurant-pizzeria in New York City. At least 15 suspects have been detained by early Thursday, including three in the United States connected with the eatery in the city’s Queens borough. Investigators say the crackdown further demonstrates that the ‘ndrangheta, an organized crime syndicate rooted in Calabria in the toe of the Italian peninsula, have forged ever stronger ties with U.S.-based mobsters. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)last_img read more

Italy sees growth in wedding tourism

first_imgIn 2018, Italy’s wedding tourism witnessed a good statistics. Italy hosted over 8,700 events for an estimated turnover of € 500.1 million showed a recent study.The study was conducted by Centro Studi Turistici di Firenze on behalf of Convention Bureau Italia, which was presented recently in Rome in the presence of Carlotta Ferrari, President of Convention Bureau Italia; Giorgio Palmucci, President of ENIT, the National Agency of Tourism and Alessandro Tortelli, Scientific Director of Centro Studi Turistici di Firenze.The study data were obtained from the analysis of more than 1,600 questionnaires and telephone interviews directed at operators in the sector.The study revealed the need for specialised training for the wedding sector: more than 60% of the wedding planners interviewed were interested in participating in training courses.According to data, in 2018, 8,791 foreign weddings were celebrated in Italy that generated over 436,000 arrivals and over 1.5 million room nights, which was respectively + 6.8% and + 7.4% over the 2017 figures, with particularly positive results for the South and the Islands.In 2018, foreign couples came mainly from the United Kingdom (28.1%), the USA (21.9%), Australia (9.4%), Germany (5.5%) and Canada (4.5%). The regions preferred were Tuscany (30.9%), followed by Lombardy, Campania, Veneto and Lazio.According to the operators interviewed, the destination wedding expectations for 2019 are for further growth in demand, estimated between +5 and + 10%. The greatest increase is expected in certain areas of Southern Italy, such as Puglia, Sicily and Basilicata. It is also expected that the emerging markets will grow strongly in terms of turnover, especially from the United Arab Emirates and the Far East.“It is undeniable that Destination Weddings is increasingly asserting itself as a sector in its own right, bursting on the national scene with a similar impact of other lucrative business sectors such as MICE and Luxury, generating tourist flows of a very high quality and economic value. With this consideration, CBItalia took the initiative for a systematic inquiry to analyse the needs and potentials of this industry. From this assessment, two objectives outlined themselves. Firstly, there is a clear need for targeted training, dedicated not only to sector operators but to the entire supply chain, to recognise and take advantage of new opportunities in a high-value business. In light of this, the second objective aims to create the necessary national coordination of supply and promotion, especially in the medium and long-range. I believe that the collaboration between CBItalia and ENIT which we have been constantly improving on with regards to MICE is a winning combination,” Carlotta Ferrari, President of Convention Bureau Italia said to media.Giorgio Palmucci, President of ENIT – National Tourism Agency stated, “The relaunch of ENIT activities inevitably requires a careful analysis of both the markets of tourist provenance as well as of the many segments that make up tourism. Assuredly, the wedding industry is one of those segments that in the last few years have had a notable growth. We, therefore, acknowledge the value of the Convention Bureau Italia analysis and consider it fitting for joint coordination of commitment at a national level.”last_img read more

Reform reform reform Fiscal Council says

first_imgBy Gregoris SavvaCyprus needs to implement reforms, boost competitiveness and maintain fiscal surpluses, President of the Fiscal Council Demetris Georgiades said on Thursday.External risks such as trade wars and a change to favourable monetary policy could adversely affect the Cypriot economy, he said.“Cyprus is a small, open but indebted economy and a sharp deceleration of the world economy or a change of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy which would lead to significant increase in financing costs for households and companies and in the longer term of the sovereign, would have huge consequences,” Georgiades told a news conference for the presentation of the council’s spring report.“The response to these risks is reform, reform, reform.”He highlighted the need to create a rational mechanism that would limit the public wage bill increase to nominal GDP growth, further strengthening of the NPL framework especially as a large part of the NPLs have been assumed by the state following the sale of the Co-op Bank as well the setting up of a binding mechanism that would channel the state’s cash reserves to public debt reduction.“We are seeing a trend in increased claims and concessions, fiscal surpluses should be safeguarded. It would be appropriate to create a mechanism that would earmark these surpluses for public debt servicing,” Georgiades added, noting such mechanism would lower debt servicing costs.He also highlighted the need to boost the economy’s competitiveness, an issue raised by many international organisations and surveys.“The economy may be going well, we may have good results from tourism, real estate and other measures taken in the public and private sectors, but we are not in a position to swiftly respond to a new crisis,” he said.Responding to question, Georgideas said the citizenship investment scheme, which involves property buying, should change but he did not imply that it should be terminated.“A termination of the programme would create problems but it is left to grow and continues it would create problems to other sectors when a crisis hit the construction sector,” he added, noting the scheme could not go on forever as Cyprus cannot absorb more high rises. The programme has also caused reaction from the EU and other countries, he said.Georgiades also highlighted that the scheme had caused increases in plot prices, increase in construction costs and rent in the areas involved and especially Limassol. “We point out the risks and is up to the politicians to weigh these issues and take the decisions,” he said.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more